This page includes a summary of fuel poverty statistics in Surrey and the associated data to download (including other useful data which may be relevant to fuel poverty).
Data included: Surrey, Surrey LAs, Surrey Wards, CCGs, ICSs, PCNs, Electoral Divisions.
Latest data included:
Fuel Poverty 2020 (next update May 2023).
Connection to Gas Network 2020 (next update January 2023).
Average Gas/Electric Energy Use 2020 (next update January 2023).
Energy Efficiency of Domestic Buildings* 2017-2021 (next update May 2023).
A summary which focuses on child poverty and disadvantage in Surrey can be found on Surrey-i here.
A summary of low income and unemployment in Surrey which is not focused on children can be found on Surrey-i here.
A summary of pensioners in poverty in Surrey can be found on Surrey-i here.
The definition of fuel poverty is now based on the Low Income Low Energy Efficiency (LILEE) fuel poverty metric where a household is considered fuel poor if; a) it is living in a property with an energy efficiency rating of band D, E, F or G as determined by the most up-to-date Fuel Poverty Energy Efficiency Rating (FPEER) Methodology; and b) its disposable income (income after housing costs (AHC) and energy needs) would be below the poverty line.
The indicator is estimated using regional data from the English Housing Survey and modelling down to local areas based on characteristics of the local area.
The Rate of Fuel Poverty in an area is calculated as = (Households living in fuel poverty)/(Total households)*100
This data file also includes other statistics to provide context to some of the relevant area differences whilst considering fuel poverty across Surrey.
*The energy efficiency statistics are based on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for domestic buildings between January 2017 and December 2021. Only homes that have been built, bought, sold or retrofitted since 2008 have an EPC, which represents about 50 to 60 per cent of homes within a local authority area. Additionally, data has not been published where the holder of the energy certificate has 'opted-out' of disclosure, energy certificates are excluded on grounds of national security or energy certificates are marked as 'cancelled' or 'not for issue'.
The latest fuel poverty statistics were created by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy using 2020 data and so do not represent the current levels of fuel poverty after the recent rising fuel costs and wider cost of living crisis. Therefore, these figures are likely to be underestimates of the current levels of fuel poverty.
Overall, Surrey had smaller proportions of households in fuel poverty (6.9%) than the English average (13.2%) in 2020. Guildford had the highest proportion of households in fuel poverty at 7.9 per cent alongside Waverley and Epsom & Ewell with 7.3 per cent in fuel poverty. Surrey Heath had the smallest percentage of households in fuel poverty at 5.8 per cent.
Only one Surrey ward had a higher percentage of households in fuel poverty than the national average; the Westborough ward in Guildford had 14.2 percent of households in fuel poverty compared to 13.2 per cent in England overall.
The 20 wards with the highest proportions of households in fuel poverty in 2020 were:
· Westborough in Guildford, 14.2%
· Onslow in Guildford, 11.5%
· Pirbright in Guildford, 11.3%
· Stoke in Guildford, 11.1%
· Canalside in Woking, 10.8%
· Leith Hill in Mole Valley, 10.7%
· Old Dean in Surrey Heath, 10.7%
· Godalming Binscombe in Waverley, 10.2%
· Court in Epsom and Ewell, 10.2%
· Farnham Castle in Waverley, 10.1%
· Englefield Green West in Runnymede, 9.9%
· South Park & Woodhatch in Reigate and Banstead, 9.9%
· Okewood in Mole Valley, 9.5%
· Hoe Valley in Woking, 9.4%
· Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford in Waverley, 9.3%
· Leatherhead North in Mole Valley, 9.3%
· Elstead and Thursley in Waverley, 9.3%
· Staines South in Spelthorne, 9.2%
· Hooley, Merstham & Netherne in Reigate and Banstead, 9.0%
· Friary and St Nicolas in Guildford, 9.0%
The 10 wards with the lowest proportions of households in fuel poverty in 2020 were:
· Heatherside in Surrey Heath, 3.6%
· St Pauls in Surrey Heath, 3.7%
· Burpham in Guildford, 3.8%
· Parkside in Surrey Heath, 4.1%
· Godalming Holloway in Waverley, 4.3%
· Bisley & West End in Surrey Heath, 4.6%
· Lightwater in Surrey Heath, 4.7%
· Chaldon in Tandridge, 4.7%
· Horley East & Salfords, 4.7%
· Thorpe in Runnymede, 4.8%
The percentage of households in fuel poverty has been mapped across Surrey at small areas (LSOAs) in an interactive map. Most of Surrey LSOAs have less than 11 per cent of households in fuel poverty (2020), however, parts of the county do have much higher levels. For example, the centre and the north west of Guildford have some of the highest levels of fuel poverty in Surrey. Tandridge is the only local authority in Surrey which does not have any LSOAs which have more than 11 per cent of households with fuel poverty.
The following statistics were accessed from Local Insight but the original sources are:
Connection to Gas Network: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/lsoa-estimates-of-households-not-connected-to-the-gas-network
Energy efficiency of domestic buildings: https://epc.opendatacommunities.org